Kharghar elec­tric cre­ma­to­rium plan gets a boost

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

KHARGHAR: The city and in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco), this week, has de­cided to call ten­ders for con­struct­ing an elec­tric cre­ma­to­rium in Sec­tor-14, Kharghar. The project is ex­pected to cost around Rs1 crore.

Over 400kg of wood is re­quired to cre­mate one body. It leads to the en­vi­ron­ment be­ing de­stroyed and also leads to an ex­pen­di­ture of Rs2,000 to Rs3,000. Many fam­i­lies are un­able to af­ford the cost and hence the elec­tric cre­ma­to­rium will be a good op­tion for them.

RM Pusalkar, Cidco ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer, Kharghar, “Our aim is to curb the cut­ting of trees in jun­gles, con­serve the en­vi­ron­ment and re­duce pol­lu­tion. The elec­tric cre­ma­to­rium is be­ing set up in this con­text.”

“In case of power fail­ure, we have a gen­er­a­tor on a standby,” said Pusalkar.

“Around 40kg of ash gets ac­cu­mu­lated once a body is burnt. It is usu­ally re­leased in ponds and rivers caus­ing wa­ter pol­lu­tion. Through the gas cham­ber, the en­tire body is burnt in about 90 min­utes. The cre­ma­to­rium’s chim­ney will be 30m high which will pre­vent air pol­lu­tion,” said Pusalkar.

Ten­ders for the project are ex­pected to be called soon. Kharghar’s pop­u­la­tion has reached al­most 4lakh and is ex­pected to rise man­i­fold in the next few years.

There is just one cre­ma­to­rium in Kharghar for the Hindu com­mu­nity and one burial ground for the Mus­lim com­mu­nity.

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